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Ty Segall, Neon Indian, Melvins, Beach Slang to play Neon Reverb 2016

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Ty Segall will headline a Neon Reverb closing party, Sunday, March 13 at the Bunkhouse.
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Ty Segall anchored one of Neon Reverb’s most memorable single nights—September 11, 2012 at the Bunkhouse—so perhaps it’s fitting the California garage-rocker will help Las Vegas’ revered DIY music festival usher in its new era, at the same (relaunched) Downtown venue.

Segall’s profile has grown considerably since then, of course, and so could Reverb’s, if the lineup revealed for the 11th edition (and first in three years) draws as intended. Along with Segall, the top lines of the fest’s poster will feature names familiar to fans of indie music, among them Texas synth-pop outfit Neon Indian, fast-rising Philly punks Beach Slang, heavy-rock veterans the Melvins, rapper Sage Francis and roots-rocker Chuck Ragan (frontman for Hot Water Music). Other touring acts confirmed at press time include Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), La Sera, Tijuana Panthers, Big Business, Moving Units and Reverb favorites Leopold and His Fiction.

“It’s clearly the strongest lineup Neon Reverb has ever had, which is good because it has to be stepped up to merit its label,” says festival co-founder James Woodbridge, who helped bring in bands like The Walkmen, Akron/Family and Thee Oh Sees for previous installments. “Downtown has grown so much since we started it [in 2008], we have to grow to keep up.”

The festival, which runs Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13 at such Fremont East venues as the Bunkhouse, Beauty Bar, Backstage Bar & Billiards and Fremont Country Club (which will host two 18-and-over shows), will also carry on Reverb’s tradition of showcasing loads of homegrown talent. Mercy Music, The Lique, Rusty Maples, Black Camaro, Hassan, Same Sex Mary, Cameron Calloway, Leather Lungs and Illicitor are among more than 30 Vegas acts that will be sprinkled across the 75-plus-artist schedule.

“The lineup feels right, and very Downtown to me,” says Downtown Project talent buyer Mike Henry, who worked with longtime Reverb trio Woodbridge, Thirry Harlin and Jason Aragon, plus 11th Street Records’ Ronald Corso, to plan next month’s event. “Our goal was to make it the biggest and best one ever, but also to make sure we can produce every show really well and pack every show. Neon Reverb is more than five people—it can only grow and become even more awesome if the community continues to support it the way it always has.”

Festival passes, priced at $50 for admission to all events, go on sale Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. through neonreverb.com. Tickets for most individual shows will cost $15 and will go on sale later.

Here's the confirmed lineup, with more acts still to be revealed.

Touring acts:

Ty Segall and the Muggers

Neon Indian

Melvins

Beach Slang

Sage Francis

Eleanor Friedberger

Big Business

Chuck Ragan

La Sera

El Ten Eleven

James Supercave

Tijuana Panthers

Colleen Green

Moving Units

Open Mike Eagle

The Mynabirds

Leopold and His Fiction

Melissa Brooks and the Aquadolls

Babes

Wheelchair Sports Camp

Astronauts, Etc.

Sego

Gems

Chaos Chaos

My Body Sings Electric

SadGirl

Failure Machine

Haunted Summer

Partybaby

Vegas acts:

All Night Visitors

The All-Togethers

The Astaires

Avalon Landing

The BIg Friendly Corporation

Cameron Calloway

Black Camaro

China

Close to Modern

Ulysses Diaz

The Dirty Hooks

Dark Black

Dusty Sunshine

Fredward

Glass Pools

Good Grief

Richard Grewar

Hassan

Headwinds

Hungry Cloud

Illicitor

Kerfoot and Dau

Kitze + The CPUs

Late for Dinner

Leather Lungs

The Lique

The Mapes

Mercy Music

Jeff Mix and the Songhearts

Moonboots

Narrowed

On the Other Hand

Jesse Pino

The Pluralses

Rusty Maples

Same Sex Mary

Special K

DJs:

DJ Fish

Jacob Savage

Professor Rex Dart

Totescity

Wizdumb

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